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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Becky goes for a walk to get away from Mimi. Whom does she go see?
2. Something unusual happened while Lia was at the salon. What was it?
3. Who does Becky meet when she takes Ava for a walk to try to calm her?
4. Who sent Ayinde a book?
5. What piece of furniture does Steve bring home without asking Kelly?
Short Essay Questions
1. Jennifer Weiner paints a picture of motherhood in the opening scene of "August Becky." How is this picture humorous?
2. How does Weiner paint Mimi in the chapter "September Becky"?
3. "April Lia" opens with Lia sitting on a park bench wanting to be invisible. Why does Lia want to be invisible?
4. How does Lia's flight back to LA bring out the thought, "You can't go home again'?
5. What is the symbolism of Lia tucking her hair under the baseball cap as she heads for the Parents Together Grief group?
6. What constitutes Lia's inability to come to grips with her baby's death?
7. What are some reasons Becky refuses or does not want to speak to Mimi, her mother-in-law?
8. How does Ayinde feel about her mother sending her the book Priscilla Prewitt's Baby Success?
9. Why does Richard, Ayinde's husband, appear to be ready to go on another trip?
10. Ayinde always claims to want to stay at home with Julian. How does she interpret the failed job interview to justify this desire?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many characters in the story have experienced a loss. Choose one loss. Tell about this loss and how it affected the character.
Essay Topic 2
Many objects played significant roles in the story Little Earthquakes, such as the park and the blue coat. Choose an object and describe in detail its significance.
Essay Topic 3
Lia, Ayinde, Becky, and Kelly all have difficult relationships with their mothers and mothers-in-law. Think about how these relationships affect them and the bonds they develop with their babies. For example, Ayinde clearly wants to parent her children differently than the way she was raised, however, she also wants to live up to her mother's expectations by taking the book Baby Success seriously. How does Ayinde deal with balancing these two sides and will it affect Ayinde's relationship with Julian? How? Also, how do Ayinde's childhood memories affect the relationship with Julian?
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